Rebels Lose Rivalry Match In Four Sets|
Nov. 19, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team was on the wrong side of a 3-1 decision (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 16-25) to the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Saturday at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels (22-7 overall, 11-6 Mountain West) opened the match with a win in the first set, but watched as the visitors from the northern portion of the Silver State rattled off victories in the three subsequent frames.
With the win, UNR (19-10, 10-7 MW) claimed the three points associated with the sport of volleyball towards the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. The Wolf Pack, currently, leads the 2016-17 version of the all-encompassing athletic and academic challenge by three points (6-3). Three more points will be awarded next Saturday (1:00 pm/November 26) once the dust settles on the Battle for the Fremont Cannon between UNLV and UNR's football teams.
"This was not how we expected our seniors to finish," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Losing Elisa as our libero really hurt our passing, and Alyssa's arm is just shot; so we just weren't executing. Ashley (Owens) and Elsa (Descamps) played very well and we needed to get them the ball more. This is a disappointing way to be ending for sure."
The Rebels were outhit by 76 points (.152 to .228) with the differential coming from their offense collecting two fewer kills (49-51) and committing eight more errors (26-18) in six more swings (151-145). UNLV opened the bout with a team-best .317 hitting efficiency with 18 kills against five errors in 41 swings. Unfortunately, the attackers were only able to muster a .194 hitting clip in the second followed by a pair of sub-par efforts. UNR, on the other hand, displayed its lowest hitting number in the first (.118); however, its offense was able to register .200 or better averages as the match progressed.
A combined 37 kills from Hammel, Stutzman and Ashley Owens paced the Scarlet & Gray's offense. Hammel led all with 16 to go along with seven digs, three aces, two assists and one assisted block. Stutzman followed with nine kills and added six digs, three total blocks (two solo) and one assist. Owens had eight kills of her own and three assisted blocks.
Elsa Descamps chipped in six kills off .353 hitting, and also had thee digs and three total blocks (one solo).
Alexis Patterson led the team with 31 assists and chipped in four kills off .429 hitting. Defensively, Patterson had eight digs and two assisted blocks.
Riehl led the squad with 13 digs while Woinowsky had nine. Laura Butler, like Patterson, had eight digs.
Despite the loss, UNLV maintained a share of third place alongside Wyoming with both sitting at 11-6 in Conference play. Boise State (15-2) claimed a share of the league title with a sweep of Wyoming Friday and can win it outright with a victory over Air Force Tuesday. Colorado State (14-3) sits one match back of BSU with a showdown with Wyoming looming Tuesday.
The Rebels close out the 2016 regular season at 6:00 pm Tuesday at home against the New Mexico Lobos.
NOTES: With participation in Saturday's match, Riehl moved into fourth in career matches played (118) and ninth in career sets played (403) ... In the program's single-season record book, Hammel moved into eighth in both kills (408) and total attempts (1,089), and Patterson moved into ninth in assists (1,146) ... Patterson already sits seventh in single-season assists with 1,171 tallied in 2014.